Walk 74 Ancient Forts, Shooting Butts and a Tipsy Church

Date: Saturday 14th March
Meeting Point: Llanthony Wood Car Park
Grid Ref: SO 307221 
Time: 10am to 4.30pm
Distance: 9.5 miles 
Ascent: 1800ft 
Leader: Rob Sunderland 
Price: £8.50

A varied walk in the beautiful Llanthony Valley through water meadows, woodlands, and high moorland.  Initially we follow the Honddu river, then rise through Strawberry Wood to the open moor following parts of the Beacons Way and Offa’s Dyke before striding south west past shooting butts on Hatterall Hill with a fine view north to the Priory. Then we descend past Cwmyoy’s twisted church, cross the valley, ascend to the iron age fort of Twyn y Gaer and finish downhill to the start.

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Directions to Start
Allow 1 hour from CRiC. From the front of CRiC take A40 towards Abergavenny and turn immediately left after the Fire Station up Greenhill Way. Then right at mini-roundabout. Follow the road for 3.5 miles until, on a right bend, you come to a sign for Llanthony along a very narrow lane. Ignore this direction, instead bear right (equally narrow) signposted Fforest 1¼ and follow for 1.25 miles to a T junction.  Turn left and follow for 0.3 mile to a five-way intersection, take fourth exit (signposted Cwmyoy, Llanthony etc).  At next T junction turn left, The Queen’s Head pub is on your right after 300 yards. Turn left just after the pub up a very steep hill. The parking area is about 400m up the hill on your right.

From the front of CRiC, take A40 for 6 miles to Abergavenny. Follow road through town to T- junction with traffic-lights at Esso garage. Turn left and follow for 2 miles to another T- junction.  Turn left onto A465 and after 2 miles, turn left into Llanvihangel Crucorney. Pass Skirrid Inn and turn left.  At foot of hill, bear left (signposted Llanthony) and follow for 1.4 miles to The Queen’s Head pub on your right.  Turn left just after the pub up a very steep hill. The parking area is about 400m up the hill on your right.

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Llanthony Wood Car Park